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Tax Information

Before you get started on your taxes this year, check out what free services, credits and exclusions are available for Servicemembers and military families.

 

Did you know:

  • IRS deadlines are automatically extended for qualifying Servicemembers
  • If you served in a combat zone as an enlisted person or warrant officer for any part of a month, all your military pay received for military service that month is not taxable
  • Your spouse can file your joint return if they have a power of attorney
  • You may be able to deduct some costs you incur while looking for a new job after a deployment. Expenses may include travel, resume preparation fees and outplacement agency fees
  • If military regulations prohibit you from wearing certain uniforms when off duty, you can deduct the cost and upkeep of those uniforms, but you must reduce your expenses by any allowance or reimbursement you receive
  • A subtraction on the Minnesota return is allowed for Minnesota Army National Guard and Army Reserve who receive taxable active duty pay for services or compensation for training and meetings under U.S. Code Title 10 and Title 32, such as ADSW (or ADOS), natural disaster emergency response, missing persons searches and re-enlistment bonuses - however, the subtraction is not allowed for compensation received by Active Guard Reserves, or AGR, or for employment by the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs

 

Free Tax Resources:

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Servicemembers often have questions about their Minnesota tax obligations. The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers many resources on credits and tax relief and general information for military personnel.

More Info:

- Servicemember's page on MDR's website

- 2014 Armed Forces Tax Guide

 

Helpful Information About the Collection Division

The Minnesota Department of Revenue Collection Division is responsible to collect delinquent taxes and debts referred to the department for collection. This information will help you understand your payment options if you owe tax or non-tax debt, want to have another person discuss your tax or non-tax debt information, or need to request a suspension of payments while on active duty.

More Info: Flyer

 

Minnesota Department of Revenue Free Tax Preparation List

The MDR also offers a search feature for individuals to find "military certified" volunteers in the individual's area who offer free tax preparation.

More Info: Website   

 

Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants

Certified public accountants (CPAs) have volunteered to prepare tax returns free of charge for Servicemembers and their families who are currently deployed or were deployed during 2014. Contact the Minnesota National Guard Family Programs office at 651-282-4284 to receive a referral.

More Info: Website

 

TurboTax - Intuit Tax Freedom Project

Offers their popular at-home software free of charge to most Servicemembers through the TurboTax Freedom Edition.

More Info: Website

  

Free Tax Assistance

Trained AARP volunteers will be providing tax assistance for free in Stillwater.

More Info: Flyer

 

Tax Preparation

Tax Team extends their gratitude to Servicemembers and their families by offering a 50% discount for all active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserves, retired military, and those with service related disabilities.

More Info: Website

 

TaxHelp

Taxes can be stressful, and sometimes it's best to turn to the experts. If you have a difficult question about your taxes or a unique financial situation, a CPA or other tax professional can save you money and time. TaxHelp is here to help you find a certified and reputable local accountant or just answer your most common tax questions.

More Info: Website

 

Military OneSource Tax Services

Military OneSource offers valuable tools and information to ease your tax-time worries with tax consultation and e-filing services provided at no cost to Servicemembers and their families.

More Info: Website

 

If you would prefer to have someone help you file your taxes or give you assistance in-person, look locally - many places offer free services to recently returned Servicemembers.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:27